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calling it newtown, united. trying to find a way to seize the moment and get people to change through legislation, largely our culture. it will take a lot more than a law here or there. it will take a lot of thinking and a lot of us rethinking the way we view violence and accept it in our homes. we are absolutely behind the president and his challenge when he was here at newtown high school where i am a proud graduate, it struck home that we have not done everything we can to protect our children. that's just wrong. >> you wrote eloquently and vividly about new and talked about it being a community. it has all of the trappings of what we think of in a typical small town community. i have to wonder, has our definition of the word community changed? communities used to be places that protected themselves and were small enough to keep an eye on their own. realize when someone within the community needed help. have we outgrown the ability to prevent an adam lanza or jared loughner from doing what they are going to do and regain the sense of community? >> that's the right question. that's
into a group called newtown united. there is not necessarily people who have been politically active in the past or who have had any experience trying to change policies or get certain law enacted. but some members of newtown united headed to washington today. they took the day off from their jobs. they woke up at dawn. they drove to washington to go meet with members of the brady campaign to prevent gun violence. newtown united, a group of people at the epicenter of national tragedy. one of the parents who traveled to washington today was lucky enough to have his child, who attends sandy hook elementary come home from that school on friday. but he said today that he is taking action now in the wake of the shootings because he does not think the next time it should just depend on luck. >> every time something like columbine, virginia tech were happening, i would avert my eyes, and i will still think that something will be done. but all those believes were shattered on friday. and now i think we all need to speak up. >> joining us now for the interview is the reverend welton gaddy. he
the country. >>> that is the newtown united methodist church where bells tolled 26 times. fire fighters were overcome with emotion during the moment of silence at the newtown fire house and many had responded to the scene at the school a week ago. a large group gathered in prayer at the national cathedral in washington, d.c. the nasdaq put up a sign that said moment for sandy hook on their digital display outside the building. [ female announcer ] food, meet flavor. flavor, meet food. it's time for swanson flavor boost. concentrated broth in easy to use packets. mix it into skillet dishes, for an instant dose of... hell-o! [ female announcer ] get recipes at flavorboost.com. hell-o! excuse me, sir i'm gonna have to ask you to power down your little word game. i think your friends will understand. oh no, it's actually my geico app...see? ...i just uh paid my bill. did you really? from the plane? yeah, i can manage my policy, get roadside assistance, pretty much access geico 24/7. sounds a little too good to be true sir. i'll believe that when pigs fly. ok, did she seriously just say that? gei
of the house of representatives. >> you make a great point about public opinion here. newtown united is a group that has already formed and has already shown up there in washington, d.c. this is a compilation of people who live in newtown, and one of the people who spoke -- very touching, one of the fathers whose son survived the attack at sandy hook. >> every time something like columbi columbine, aurora are happening, i would avert my eyes and i will still think that something will be done. but all those beliefs were shattered on friday. and now i think we all need to speak up. >> as we know, as we have been reporting today, it is one of the busier days for funerals and wakes, taking place for those that have been lost in the newtown tragedy. it is almost too raw for many of them to get involved in this kind of advocacy or this kind of support. but have you signaled to any of your colleagues, in other states, where this has been a tragedy, as we look at what we have witnessed in aurora, colorado, tucson, arizona, are you trying to reach out to build a coalition of your colleagues from states
that their town would be the focus of such pain and anguish and sorrow. this is the newtown united methodist church and where a lot of the media are camped out. there's the church behind me. it's been opened now for 24 hours. it's going to be open more 24 hours for as long as they need it here. some of the members of that church died and anyone who wants to come by and pay their respects to the people who died, anyone who needs help from this church, they can come here and get it. after this shooting inside sandy hook elementary school, the safety issue will now be front and center at schools across the country. do classrooms need to be changed into panic rooms or as i've been saying earlier, can we make classrooms into mini prisons? it seems like what we may have to make our schools in order to be safe. i want to bring in lou palumbo. some schools already have roaming officers, metal detectors, officers roaming the hallways. what can we do to make our schools safer? do we need all of these measures in place? >> well, apparently based on this incident that took place up here yesterday, i gue
on washington. that means taking on the nra. they call themselves newtown united. their mission, to reduce gun violence and prevent other communities from ever having to live their nightmare. bill toomey helped put together that group. and earlier, i spoke with him today and his daughter, sierra. i asked them if they have made any progress in their talks with politicians on the issue of gun control. >> we had a series of meetings, actually, to try and begin a conversation in the community around what happened and how we can take this terrible tragedy and turn it into something positive. so what we heard from the senators as well as some of our congressional -- the rest of our congressional delegation was that the moment in time is now. that the tide is turning in this country as it relates to gun violence and what we can do about it. and we want to try and bring the community together as quickly as possible to try and lend our voice to the national voice so that we can really make something meaningful happen out of this terrible event. >> and the name of your group is newtown united. but you s
by newtown united. i met with them in my office in washington and then again last night in newtown. and i think that we are at a historic moment. >> how will we know? what will we know if it's different? at what point can citizens say it's taking too long or the nra is slow walking this stuff again? it seems to me every time we say it's going to be different also, that's another similarity. >> we had that same conversation after columbine, which i covered. we had that same conversation after aurora and all the other ones in between. same conversation. >> remember that the first gun assault law, assault weapons law took five years to pass. it was first proposed in 1989 after the stockton shooting and senators metzenbound and feinstein worked on it five years. i'm determined, i'm committed. but the president is absolutely right, that the american people have to stand up. i'll tell you what also is different. i've talked to a lot of these families and i am so impressed by their strength and courage and they say to me we want to be there. we want this work to go forward. >> cnn reported last
at 7:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. eastern time here in newtown, connecticut. the president of the united states wanted to be here. he wants to comfort the families. he wants to participate in this interfaith vigil that will take place here in newtown tomorrow night. obviously he has been shaken. we all saw what he said yesterday at that brief statement he made in the white house. he broke down, started to cry, holding back tears. so the president will be here tomorrow night, 7:00 p.m. eastern for the interfaith vigil here in newtown. let's go back in the meantime to the vigil that's taking place right now over at stratford high school. ♪ the time you must keep on smiling smile ♪ ♪ what's the use in crying you find that life is still worthwhile ♪ ♪ if you just smile >> last selection will be performed by myself. ♪ never dreamed of the sorrow ♪ ♪ i never felt i have reason to lament ♪ ♪ i hope i'd never know heartbreak how i wish i could ♪ ♪ change the way things went i wanted nothing but goodness ♪ ♪ i wanted reason to prevail ♪ ♪ i want ed life to go on i wanted
to the town of newtown, the president of the united states. again, we don't discuss security for the president of the united states. suffice it to say significant security will be in place. no, sir. no time frame has been determined. >> are you making progress in determining.... >> we're pleased with the work that we're making. we're pleased with the progress we're making. this teed us on process, it will take many, many man-hours to put this picture together. the minute we have it, our objective is to make sure that you and members of the public receive that information as quickly as possible. we have a motive or motive we are prepared to discuss, that cannot happen. we just don't have that. i would again, i don't want to discuss the crime scene at all. we did seize a great deal of evidence. our detectives have executed numerous search warrants in this case. we do not detail the c of what we seize in any criminal investigation. i can toll you we were successful in seize ago great deal of information. all that evidence needs to be analyzed and it will be whether in our forensic laboratory or s
deaths in the united states in the week since the tragedy in newtown. >>> dc police are still on the hunt for a killer. two people were killed in northeast around 2:00 yesterday morning. one of them was found in a car, the other lying in the middle of the road. 44-year-old raymond harris died from his injuries. the other person is in critical condition. >> at this time, we do believe that somebody approached the vehicle on foot and fired into the vehicle. >>> police are offering a $25,000 reward for more information that would lead to an arrest in this case. >>> just over eight days until we reach the so-called fiscal cliff, the president and lawmakers have left dc for the holiday break without a deal in place. president obama maintains he he's met republicans halfway in negotiations, but that's still not good enough for republicans, which means the future for tax cuts is still uncertain. here's the latest. >> reporter: dc may be shutting down for christmas, but the clock hasn't stopped running and the fiscal cliff is closer than ever. no deal was reached this week to keep taxes from goin
were murdered here in newtown, connecticut, on friday morning. >> i now ask that the united states senate observe a moment of silence for the victims of the sandy hook elementary school tragedy. >> but united states senators are not being silent now about gun control. they are already taking up the challenge. president obama issued when he spoke to the grieving newtown community here last night. >> we can't tolerate this anymore. these tragedies must end, and to end them we must change. we will be told that the causes of such violence are complex and that is true. no single law, no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society, but that can't be an excuse for inaction. surely we can do better than this. in the coming weeks i'll use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens from law enforcement to mental health professionals to parents and educators in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this because what choice do we have? we can't accept events like this as routine. are we really prepared t
before but it's newtown. we don't know if there's any injuries but they are deploying units and cnn is sending crews and our affiliates are sending crews as well. they are en route to an elementary school in newtown. we are working our sources and our affiliates there in the area to try to figure out what is going on. as you know, law enforcement -- and we do here at cnn and all news organizations take it very seriously any time there are reports of a gun or shots fired at a school, elementary, junior high school, college, what have you. and that's what we are doing right now, checking on that for you. we're getting some information in. our producers are gathering it for us. we'll be back with the very latest on the other side of this break. don't go anywhere. [ female announcer ] born from the sweet monk fruit, something this delicious could only come from nature. new nectresse. the 100% natural no-calorie sweetener made from the goodness of fruit. new nectresse. sweetness naturally. hurry in and try five succulent entrees, like our tender snow crab paired with savory garlic shrimp
. he knows. >> can you tell me a little bit about newtown, the size and proximity to what other people in the united states might gleam from it, if you can give us a description of your town? >> it's a small town, very large square miles but low population. it's a very quiet town. great sense of community and the schools are very highly rated. >> all right. i want to just ask you to stand by, if you will. my colleague, jason carroll, has been collecting more information. >> i think we have more information that may be important for parent. we're told that there is a staging area sort of i am prom tea being set up at village restaurant and pizza. apparently the parking lot there. the school is just over the hill from that location, just about a five-minute walk away from there and apparently a number of parents are gathered there trying to get information. that's being set up as some sort of informal staging area for parents trying to get information about their children about what is happening there and they are doing what they can to help this tshooting. >> elementary school, just to
blitzer in newtown, connecticut. we'd like to welcome our viewers from the united states and around the world. today students took their first tentative steps towards some semblance of normality. most of the schools reopened but not the sandy hook elementary school. we learned today that the students of that school, the site of friday's last shooting, won't resume classes until january. also, the connecticut's medical examiner revealed that nancy lanza was shot four times in the head while she was sleeping. he also says adam lanza died of a single gunshot wound to the head fired from a handgun. significantly, the medical examiner also disclosed that he's been told lanza was diagnosed with asperger's syndrome. officials say they are working to determine whether that diagnosis was correct. our national correspondent, susan candiotti, spoke with an acquaintance of the la lanzas a she's joining us now. >> reporter: wolf, this is the home where the shooter adam lanza lived with his mother and whether police say he shot and killed his mother as she was sleeping in her bedroom. as you indi
from newtown, connecticut, is what seems like the inevitability now that the next united states secretary of state is going to be massachusetts democratic senator john kerry. nbc news has been able to confirm that senator kerry will be nominated for that job by president obama likely sometime this week. senator kerry is not expected to face significant opposition in the senate. if he does become secretary of state, that, of course, would mean a special election in massachusetts for his senate seat.0 days after the seat becomes vacant. one of the names rising to the top of the list is a potential john kerry replacement in the senate is vicky kenny. vicky kennedy, the widow of the late senator ted kennedy. asked by local news outlets whether she might be up for this job, a spokeswoman for vicky kennedy said, "we have no comment on this at this time." in other words, stay tuned. finally, another state that has just dealt with what massachusetts is contemplating right now, the prospect of replacing a long-time senator, is the state of south carolina. today south carolina governor ni
with me. what happened here in newtown, connecticut was a godless act, regardless of your religion, or your lack of religion. we are all united in our desire to heal the wounds of those who suffered most. egregiously here. we will talk to someone who is helping heal those wounds after this. >> back live here in new town connecticut. before i i move to the billy graham rapid response team the ministers, the pastors who have come to counsel the wounded here, the wounded in terms of their souls back to my legal panel, arthur aidala, bo dietl. what about my proposal that there be an armed cop at every school over a certain size regardless? arthur, you first? >> look, geraldo, september 11th changed the way we function as a society. right? i used to walk into an airport and 20 minutes before a flight and go on. this past thursday i had to go to federal court. i'm a lawyer. i'm fingerprinted. i is an identification card with a hologram. i had to take everything off. i mean, i kept on my shirt and my pants. my shoes, my belt, my coat. do we want our children in the freedom of the united s
united. we gather in such a moment of heart break for all of us here in newtown. we gather especially mindful of family and friends and neighbors among us who have lost loved ones by an act of unfathomable violence and destruction. we gather to grieve together to care for one another, to pray and embrace, to weep and to remember and to declare in our many voices that these darkest days of our community shall not be the final world heard from us. we will sigh in our sorrows, but we will also care for one another with our love and our compassion. in those early hours of this crisis it became clear to we clergy and faith leaders here in newtown that initial, an initial community response would be needed, that we would need to come together and so, we asked our first select woman and our superintendent if it might be possible for us clergy to invite the community to gather here at newtown high school to continue and to begin and to continue what will be for many a long journey through grief and loss. we are not here to ignore our differences or to diminish the core beliefs which define ou
this along to you. the united way has set up a sandy hook school fund. donations can be sent to the newtown savings bank. the address you see on your screen, newtown savings bank, 39 main street, newtown, connecticut, 06470. we are also hearing from adam lanza's family. both his brother, ryan, and his father have been questioned by police. peter lanza released this statement. "our family is grieving along with all those who have been affected by this enormous tragedy. we are in a state of disbelief and trying to find whatever answers we can. we too, are asking why." we're hearing from adam lanza's aunt which says she's shocked and offers a little insight into why. >> i know she had issues with school. she wound up homeschooling him, because she battled with the school district i'm not sure in what capacity. >> has he acted out? had she shared with you? >> no. >> no violence towards her? >> no. if he did, i know she wouldn't have tolerated it. >> joining us now national correspondent susan candiotti. you have been following this investigation from the very, very beginning. what more are we l
in the united states is only just beginning. right now, especially president will be on his way here to newtown in a few hours. i suspect he will get involved much more assertively in his second term of administration than he did in his first term. >>> when we return, comforting their flock. my interview with members of newtown's clergy. members of the clergy who will be with the president tonight. >> this time, i think that's all the clergy we're trying to offer care to whomever. it doesn't matter. that's why we're standing here today, really, because we know what's important is that we're united in our care for this community. capella university understands rough economic times have led to an increase in clinical depression. drug and alcohol abuse is up. and those dealing with grief don't have access to the professional help they need. when you see these issues, do you want to walk away or step up? with a degree in the field of counseling or psychology from capella university, you'll have the knowledge to make a difference in the lives of others. let's get started at capella.edu progressive d
, briefing reporters on what is going on. he, like the president of the united states on friday, choked back tears. this is a very sad day, of raw emotion here in newtown, connecticut, as families begin burying the children killed in the massacre at the sandy hook elementary school right down the road from where we are right now. we're watching all of this unfold, and the pain is clearly, clearly evident. while every day here in new town is sad, today, it's especially, it's especially sad. this afternoon, the first funerals were held for victims of the elementary school massacre. connecticut's governor, you just saw him here, he attended one of the services today, and he summed it up this way, and i'm quoting him, you see little coffins and your heart starts to ache. as this town and the nation tries to come to grips with this huge, huge tragedy, the investigation is focusing in on the question why. some of the answers may come from a computer found in the home where the gunman, adam lanza, lived with his mother. cnn's national correspondent deborah feyerick is keeping track of the latest de
news. i'm ashleigh banfield in for erin burnett tonight. in newtown, connecticut, it is the scene of one of the worst school shootings in the history of the united states and we can report for you that police have now identified a school shooter as adam lanza. a shooter who killed 26 people today at the sandy hook elementary school here in this small connecticut town. 20 children were killed. 18 of them were pronounced dead right at the scene of the school. two of them were rushed to the hospital, hoping that they could save them. those children died at the hospital. six adults at the school were also shot dead. and they died at the scene as well. nancy lanza, a teacher at the school and a mother of the suspected shooter, was also killed. but she was found dead in her son's home in newtown. adam lanza, the 24-year-old brother ryan lanza, was taken into police custody. ryan lanza taken into police custody for questioning in hoboken, new jersey, earlier today. officials had not labeled him a suspect. but he was taken away in handcuffs. his brother adam died at the scene. but police
. but whatever you think of it as policy it is not for gun owners. >> joy, i was in newtown, connecticut, and today flew across the country. here i was in los angeles, as far away as i could be from connecticut in the continental united states. and i'm greeted today by the los angeles times lead headline saying the police chief of los angeles saying this is a new reality. those are his words, and that is why he is going to re-deploy los angeles police to cover every elementary school and middle school in the los angeles school district every day. there will be a uniformed police presence at every school at some point in every day of the school year. this is an extraordinary nationwide reaction to what happened in connecticut. and i have to say, i am convinced that this is not like any reaction we've seen before to one of these mass murders. >> yeah, absolutely, and what a shame, right, to have to live in a country where you have to have armed police officers protecting your children. i mean the one place that your children are supposed to be safe outside of your home is school. they're i
with one of the hardest jobs in newtown. and later, xhunlts coming together tonight to say good-bye. from the best players in history to the number 1 club in the world. the potential of manchester united unlocked. nyse euronext. unlocking the world's potential. you can stay in and like something... or you can get out there and actually like something. the lexus december to remember sales event is on. this is the pursuit of perfection. advil pm® or tylenol pm. the advil pm® guy is spending less time lying awake with annoying aches and pains and more time asleep. advil pm®. the difference is a better night's sleep. >>> it's been another day of heartbreaking good-byes today. family and friends attended the funerals of victoria soto. services were also held for three more children. daniel barden and two more 6-year-olds. the overwhelming task of burying the victims has fallen largely on the shoulders of dan honen. in the coming days, he will be burying 11 of the 26 victims who were shot and killed. poppy harlow sat down with him today and is in newtown tonight. >> the first call came in at
a language all its own with unitedhealthcare, i got help that fit my life. so i never missed a beat. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare. >>heather: many parents are trying to shield their children from images from newtown, connecticut. >>gregg: that can be tough in this media age. what can parents do to make sure it does not take an emotional toll on our children? we have a spokesperson for the american academy of pediatrics. thanks for being with us, doctor. i have teenaged kids so this is not practical, but for younger children, turn off the tv? >>guest: my children are eight and ten, our television is not on at all. i don't want them to see the images. i talked to them. i think it is important if you have children that are going to be exposed, children that will go to school and hear children talking about, it is important they hear it from you first so they get the facts and details and the expert they need. >>heather: you have teens so it is difficult to shield them. >>heather: they are returning to school. what do you say to those children? >>guest: you want to be very caref
. but apparently he hardly used it we will go live to newtown and look at the support pouring in from around the world. but first a final tribute to an american hero. the remains of the united states senator daniel inouye. carried his flag draped coffin into the capitol rotunda this morning. 31 others have had that honor. among them presidents abraham lincoln and ronald reagan. the democratic lawmaker died on monday at the age of 88. a highly decorated war veteran and the second longest serving u.s. senator. during world war ii, enemy fire left his arm hanging by shreds. as the story goes, he pried a grenade from the hand of his nearly severed arm and used it to fight back to protect his platoon. he lost that arm but later won the medal of honor. the nationest highest award for military valor. >> daniel inouye, in every sense of the word was a hero. >> shepard: former senate majority leader bob dole paid his respects today. the two met in a hospital in italy in the 1940s and senator inouye often credited his republican friend with getting him into politics. former senator elizabeth dole kiss
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? this christmas eve the stars unite for gun control in this new public service announcement. >> columbine. >> virginia tech. >> tucson. >> aurora. >> fort hood. >> oak creek. >> newtown. >> newtown. >> newtown. >> newtown. >> how many more? >> how many more? >> this plea to get guns off our streets includes jamie fox who stars in a new movie djangle. fox said he thought of his own children after the shooting. >> it tears you up. it's really getting dangerous. we have to do something. and i think now i feel that everyone is really pulling together and we have o to make some serious change. >> that's something that may include a discussion of violence in movies. we cannot turn our back and say violence in films or anything we do doesn't have a sort of influence, it does. but fox's co-star does not see it that way. >> i don't think one has anything to do with the other. it's a western. it's a period piece about slavery. america has a violent past. one thing doesn't have anything to do with it. it's not life-imitating art. >> it's art imitating life, although we tend not to glorify murder or
'reilly.com. like the shows. in a moment tom cruise's new movie being reevaluated after the newtown massacre. the tip of the day. the american town that hates christmas. up ahead. from the best players in history to the number 1 club in the world. the potential of manchester united unlocked. nyse euronext. unlocking the world's potential. can i still ship a gift in time r christmas? yeah, sure you can. great. where's your gift? uh... whew. [ male announcer ] break from the holiday stress. ship fedex express by december 22nd for christmas delivery. >> bill: back of book senight. did you see that? we begin with a video with the song die young concern shah. that being pulled by of the connecticut massacre. ♪ heart beat to the beat of the drum ♪ oh what a shame ♪ if you came here with someone ♪ while you are here in my arms ♪ let's make the most of the night ♪ like we're going to die young ♪ we're going to die young ♪ we're going to die young ♪ let's make the most of night ♪ like we're going to die young. >> bill: juliet huddy is here. >> you should be covering your eyes on t
in newtown right now, but i think the folks understand that we have a job to do and they want the world to see what's going on. it's not just here in connecticut or the united states even. we're being seen around the world -- >> around the world. >> people are reaching out, people are appreciative of what's going on and we're trying to bring that story and maybe we will learn some lessons. maybe i'm overly optimistic. prevent this kind of disaster down the road. >> i think television can help with the healing process at a moment when we have the nation's attention tranfixed on the town that you're in. wolf? >> howie, all right, stand by. i want everyone to stand by. soledad is going to be with us, we're going to continue our coverage. we're waiting, we're waiting for this news conference to take place. connecticut state police are getting ready to brief us on the latest information that they have from this investigation. we'll have live coverage of that more with howie and soledad, when we come back. [ male announcer ] when ziggy the cat appeared at their door, he opened up jake's very
no emotion whatsoever. i -- i don't know how to feel. >> reporter: at schools across the united states, those feelings of sorrow turned into anxie anxiety. 20 miles from newtown, a suspicious person at a train station triggered a lockdown of all schools. for some teachers including chris mcallister in arlington, texas, the lockdowns were self-imposed. >> that door closes, i know it's locked. i don't even have to second guess. i put a little piece of paper on my window that normally i would keep it to the side. >> reporter: sandy hook elementary school remains closed. crews are renovating an old school nearby. it will be ready whenever the students are. >> as a mom, i know i could never send my kids back to that school. >> reporter: julie pokrinchak's daughter olivia was one of the 6-year-old victims. she was looking forward to watching olivia, who loved musical theater, play an angel in a church play saturday. instead, olivia's funeral will be held at the same church, and then she'll be buried on friday. >> i'm hoping that other towns are going to open up their schools and let the kids go the
of decency and goodness and that the forces that divide us are not as strong as those that unite us. >> thank you so much for watching this special edition of "state of the union." i'm candy crowley. be sure to stick with cnn for continuing live coverage and don lemon from newtown and join us at 6:00 p.m. tonight for the interfaith vigil and the president's remarks. >>> hello, everyone. i'm don lemon reporting live from newtown, connecticut. a community in mourning after a gunman went on a deadly rampage at an elementary school killing 26 people, 20 of them young children. throughout the day on cnn we will bring you the details of the victims and the investigation. we should tell you the president is on the way here. it has been a day of mourning in this community with memorial services. people are coming to this community from all over the tri-state area, from all over connecticut, new jersey, and new york all around and paying their respects to people. as i drove here today just a few moments ago in this little idyllic town, the roads were all blocked because there were so many people who w
, as it gets to work. ♪ cisco. tomorrow starts here. >>> throughout newtown, connecticut, teddy bears, the candles, pictures of christmas trees, they were displayed everywhere in remembrance of the victims who lost their lives in the shooting massacre at sandy hook elementary. the community united during the holiday to support the families of the victims who are grieving. 20 children, 7 adults killed on december 14th. the memorials remembering them are here to stay, we have learned. an official announced a special plan by the city to convert the memorial, here is part of what this city official told residents. the thousands of flowers, letters and prayers, the signs and photos, teddy bears and more will be gathered and processed into soil that will serve in the foundation of a future permanent memorial to honor the slain children and adults. officials say it will be a sacred memorial. the items will be collected and converted starting this week. >>> now, new information on that tragic shooting in upstate new york on christmas eve. two firefighters were shot and killed. two others were
-- all united in a desire to bring healing and renewed hope. >> last night the clergy here in newtown, connecticut, gathered to offer prayers and mess geagef hope to the grieving communities. you just saw the director of new hadea center of newtown. what can you say to give children comfort? you're the youth director. i know you're dealing with a lot of children. what can you possibly say that makes sense of something like this? >> it's very hard because a lot of children still haven't really wrapped their heads around it, and i don't think they really will understand the gravity of what really happened. it is very difficult, especially for people in the surrounding areas. i know a lot of towns, nearby towns were affected and on lockdown too. a lot of people still trying to make sense of everything. >> i was speaking to a parent of someone who died in the virginia tech massacre. he told me, it's impossible to move on, but you can move forward. >> yeah, it's true. it's going to be difficult to return to things being normal. there's always going to be that kind of -- they say time heals
there. get that out so that i think everybody in the united states feels that way. >> you're right. as the president last night, newtown is not alone. >> yeah, it's everybody. it's every town. >> when you look at what the market's been doing you did make the right call last time around. like i said, you opened our eyes. we should have probably seen it coming. you were the one kind of laid it out for us. what do you think of what the fed has been doing? >> well, look, i mean the fed they made announcement, habit, what they said in front of me here, listen, you have a pretty good economy right now. you have an economy that has tilt winds instead of headwinds of housing and autos. you have an economy that's probably growing 2% give or take. question is, do you need the fed to do anything more? you know, it's a good question. why did they do this? and, you know, they basically have taken the mandate of full employment, and run with it. everything they're doing is to get this employment rate down or try to get this employment right down. the question you have to ask is what happens when
confidence that he will soon be released from an intensive care unit. he's been treated for a high fever at a houston hospital. >>> with the nation reeling from the tragedy in newtown, connecticut, and engaged in a national debate on gun control, chicago reaches a deadly milestone despite the toughest laws when it comes to owning firearms. >>> federal investigators arrested a new york city woman, they say she used the school's shooting in newtown as a way to make money. time for citi price rewind. because your daughter really wants that pink castle thing. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest price. and if it finds one, you get refunded the difference. just use your citi card and register your purchase online. have a super sparkly day! ok. [ male announcer ] now all you need is a magic carriage. citi price rewind. start saving at citi.com/pricerewind. stop! stop! stop! come back here! humans -- we are beautifully imperfect creatures living in an imperfect world. that's why liberty mutual insurance has your bac
united unlocked. nyse euronext. unlocking the world's potential. >>> bishop jakes, i have time for one last question as we talk about newtown, remembering. your church does a lot of outreach into the community and sometimes i think as americans we're conflicted about mental health. we think people definitely should be getting treatment. we don't necessarily vote to pay for it. we turn away from people i think who often have mental health issues because we don't want to get in people's business. what should we be doing for not in this case, we don't know enough about the shooter but in general what would you advise people to be doing for their fellow brothers and sisters. >> i'm so glad you asked me the question. i think it's important we press on congress to provide resources so people who need mental health can get the appropriate treatment that we need. i caution people that you don't have to have a fre existing mental condition to implode emotionally through stress. we have to age old biblical question am i my brother's keeper, the answer is yes. we have to be aware who we work with
in newtown, connecticut, we wanted to talk about what other countries are doing with their laws, for example, japan, which had just 11 gun-related murders in 2008. the united states at the same time had 12,000. christi christiane amanpour has been looking into this. governor scott was not willing to lay out anything that was reasonable or rational. >> it was remarkable that politicians like that were not willing to give you an answer after many, many attempts. and all you wanted was an answer. other countries have faced some similar incidents in 1996 in scotland, children the same ages as those in sandy hook were massacred. 16 children were killed, and today they are lighting candles for the children being buried. they have done more than that. the government took on what were already tough gun laws and strengthened them. they banned the easy access to handguns and put in a buy back scheme and backed that up with penalties and fines for any violations. the fact is, that worked. it didn't not work it worked. there is a cause and affect, and the crime, while it sort of stayed somewhat stable f
details about the father of the newtown gunman. the last time the two had any communication. >>> and five years after losing his daughter in the virginia tech tragedy. >>> we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." three state department officials have resigned their posts in the wake of a skating report on the atacks in benghazi that led three americans dead. the report cites systematic failures which resulted in a security plan in the words of the report, grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place. despite the criticism, it says that no employee was involved in misconduct and none should be disciplined. arwa damon, you were one of the first reporters to get to the scene of benghazi. you've now gone through this report. did anything jump out at you? did anything really surprise you, based on your own auto r eyewitness reporting from the scene? >> reporter: what the report really did was validate information that we were able to obtain from witnessless at the scene, from the local guards that
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